Did you know the human body is made up of between 55% to 75% water!! This is why it is absolutely essential that we stay hydrated. If we didn't have water we would not survive and with Summer nearly here it is even more important.
All of the organs in the body need water to function effectively. If you are dehydrated then each of the systems which the organs manage, will not work properly, putting excess strain on the organs because the toxins in the body are not being excreted at the proper rate and build up in the body leaving you feeling tired, lethargic and irritable.
Digestion is one of the systems in the body where if insufficient water is consumed problems such as constipation and indigestion can occur. Drinking water can increase your metabolic rate and therefore aid the digestion process.
If being hydrated and drinking sufficient water helps to speed up our metabolism then this must also aid weight loss (as part of a healthy diet) YES! This is true. It increases your calorie-burning potential throughout the day as the organs are all working efficiently, including the liver which is the organ which metabolises fat. Drinking water helps curb hunger pangs as it sends signals to the brain that the stomach is becoming full and therefore suppressing the appetite.
As our brains are 75% water when fully hydrated, you will think more clearly and feel sharper and clearer and are more likely to make better choices when it comes to snacks and mealtimes.
Drinking ice cold water, according to many health professionals, speeds up the metabolism as the body burns calories in an effort to maintain our optimal body temperature.
How much water should we drink?
As a general rule 8 large glasses a day is recommended which is approximately 2 litres. You may need to drink more water if you sweat a lot and if you exercise or do manual work and of course as the weather starts to get even warmer here in Spain then you may find you need more.
Remember that the consumption of too much water can be dangerous, so as a general rule of thumb I always recommended to my Cambridge Weight Plan clients to aim for 2 to 3 litres per day which can include tea and tea infusions. You will know if you are fully hydrated because when you go to the bathroom you will find your urine a very light or clear colour. The darker the urine the more water you should be drinking.
Add crushed ice, slices of cucumber, lemon, mint and even some berries to infuse your water to make it even more refreshing. There are the many infusion tea bags available in the supermarkets.
Mel Lay is an accredited Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant.
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